December 2009“Wow! Who Did Your Hair?” One afternoon on campus, I stopped at a café to have a cup of coffee with 2 friends. While chatting, we saw a student having lunch with a friend across from our table with such gorgeous hair. Her braided hairstyle was unlike anything I have ever seen before. I just couldn’t stop looking and neither could my friends. After a moment or so, my bubbly friend was soon walking over to their table to talk with her. That’s how the rest of our afternoon became a day I will never forget. Almost immediately the two girls were heading towards our table. Settling their lunch on our table they pulled up chairs and sat. “You all are from America?” they asked through bright smiles and wide eyes, “What are you doing here on our campus?” We shared how we were involved with a campus ministry through the Impact Movement and how we develop student-led bible studies on college campuses. We shared our heart and vision for seeing evangelism and discipleship occurring as a Christian organization. We soon find the girls names are Unam and Tasneem. “Oh okay, well I’m Muslim,” shared Tasneem. I took in a deep breath…Islam doctrine is completely opposite of Christian religion doctrine. I asked her to share with me what she believed as a Muslim… “Well, there’s something called the 5 Pillars. As a Muslim you have to complete these 5 during your lifetime such as praying 5 times each day, fasting each year during Ramadan, make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in your lifetime, giving to the needy, and having faith that Allah is the one true god.” “Goodness, so you have to do all of these things to get into your heaven? What if you forget to pray if you’re having a busy day or if someone doesn’t have enough money to fly then and climb all the way to Mecca? What about your sins? How are your sins forgiven when you do bad things?- That’s seems like a load of work to do, Tasneem to get into your paradise.” I replied. “Well what do you believe as a Christian, Tammi?” she inquired. Heart skipping a beat, I reached into my purse saying a silent prayer. “Lord let my mouth be your mouth and Holy Spirit take over this conversation…” I knew the Lord was presenting an opportunity for her to hear the Gospel. Finding my Passage booklet I shared with her, “Christianity can be summed up into these four points.” We walked through how God loves and created us and has a plan for our life. It was God’s plan that we would know Him as the only true living God and His son Jesus Christ. However, we cannot experience this loving relationship because of sin. A definition of sin means ‘missing the mark’. Just like a moving arrow misses a targeted bull’s eye center, so is sin. Sin is missing the mark of God’s holy and perfect standard. Sure, the intent is to hit the center, but this is impossible to do every time. Sin separates us from God. We sin through actions, in our hearts, and even in our thoughts. It’s impossible for humans to be morally perfect. This is why God sent Jesus, because Jesus removes our sin so that we can experience loving fellowship with God. I continued, “Jesus Christ is God’s provision for sin. Jesus never sinned unlike Muhammad. Jesus is both 100% God and 100% human, but Muhammad was another human like you and me. Through Jesus’ death, our sins are forgiven. Christians don’t have to work or perform their way to get into heaven- “Well how do you receive Jesus Christ?” Tasneem asked? “You would say a prayer to Him and ask to come into your heart and forgive your sins” – “That’s all! That’s all you have to do?” she exclaimed searching into my eyes for something I did not know. Her amazement surprised me! “Yes, Jesus did all of the work by dying on the cross for sins for you and me. So you don’t have to be burdened with tallying your efforts to get into heaven. His death removes our sin, so all you have to do is accept and have faith in what He did.” “Jesus saves those who believe in Him.” I continued, “That’s why Christians say, ‘Im saved,’ because Jesus saves us from hell.” “Well, what happens after you ask Jesus into your heart and you sin again- will you then go to hell?” she inquired further. “No, when you sin you would pray to Him and ask for forgiveness. Jesus is full of grace and He will forgive.” “But doesn’t that make you want to abuse His grace?” “You can be tempted to do this, but you aren’t supposed to do that.” “Okay, so then what’s the Holy Spirit?” “It’s the promised presence of God’s Spirit that comes to live inside of you. You have to go visit your god at Mecca to be in his presence. Christians on the other hand, always have God’s presence inside of them because of the Holy Spirit.” She took a deep breath and sighed…“You know, the last person, a lady just like you, shared with me about Christianity but she didn’t answer my questions about your religion. You really answered a lot of questions I had. Thank you for teaching me what you believe.” Tasneem did not pray to receive Christ at that moment. I asked if she wanted me to come alongside with her to pray and make that decision but she chose not to. Following our conversation about religion, the Lord blessed the rest of our conversation full of laughter! We talked about our lives and exchanged good stories of our different lives. Just when it was time for me to get going, she asked, “Tammi, do you have a bible with you?” “Sure, I do!” I said. “Oh, can I see it pleeeeeeease, pleaaaase?” she said with sheer excitement bouncing in her chair. “You know, I love the story of Moses. I’ve even seen the movie!” Her enthusiasm was contagious! Placing the bible on the table, she opened it and dove right for the front page listing the Books of the Bible. She sat up and then blasted more questions at me: “Old Testament, what’s that? What’s the New Testament? What’s the difference between the two? Who is Jeremiah? Who is Isaiah? Who are all these people listed? Where can I find the story of Moses?” I wish words could convey how excited I was to witness the Lord at work in Tasneem’s heart! Looking up at me she asked, “Tammi, what’s your favorite bible story? Here,” she said now turning the bible towards me, “find it and share it with me pleeeeeease.” Barely containing myself, I took her to a chapter of Joshua. “Have you heard of Joshua? He was such a mighty warrior. He succeeded Moses, ya know? God was with him in many battles! Here, lets read together in chapter 10…” Much later, our time shared was coming to an end. The Lord richly, richly blessed our time together. Tasneem’s inquiring heart had many questions answered about Christianity. Meanwhile during our conversation, Tasneem’s friend Unam made the decision to rededicate her life back to Christ while talking with my 2 friends! Isn’t our Lord awesome! “Tammi, when can I see you again? Here lets exchange details!” she said reaching into her bag, We should get together again!” Please join with me in prayer for Tasneem’s heart.
Here is Tasneem standing to my left. Since this conversation, the Lord has allowed me to spend time with her 3 other times during the school semester. The last time we met, I gave her a Jesus film DVD and a pink bible as a gift. She was so excited, that she invited me over her home for dinner and so we can watch the story of Jesus together! Please join with me in prayer. She lives in a well known Muslim town. Since she is Muslim it is likely to believe that her family is Muslim as well. Could you join me in prayer for the following: Please pray the message of the Gospel will grow on good soil in her heart.Pray for our friendship that it will grow and be cultivated.Pray for the door to stay open for the Gospel to be heard among her family in her home. Pray the Lord will work tremendously in this opportunity! Amen!Reflecting Back Over the Year 2009“Whoever finds his life will lose it and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” Matthew 10:39 As I look back over this year, I am continuously reminded of how the Lord has changed my life. Just over a year ago, I had one semester left before I graduated from college. I was months away from obtaining my Bachelors of Science degree with Spanish language minor. I was completely puzzled as to where my life would be heading after graduation. It was the most perplexing yet sobering occasion of my life. I was on the brink of making a decision that would inevitably shape the rest of my life. It was not until I attended a Christian conference held by the Impact Movement did this decision become clear. I heard a testimony from guest speaker Pastor James White who was the only African American on a missions team in Japan during his early twenties. He shared the most profound story of how Japanese people would flock to him because they knew he was African American. One Japanese man specifically inquired of him, “How did your people overcome slavery? Your people overcame poverty, the Civil Rights Movement, and social injustices but they have been redeemed. We endure poverty and injustices too. How did you all do it? You have to share how your people were redeemed.” Pastor White used this opportunity to share with this man that Black Americans did not redeem themselves but it was Jesus Christ. As a people group, the Gospel message of Jesus Christ is both richly and deeply embedded in our culture. In our culture, it is a clear message of hope of generations of Black Americans placing their faith in Jesus Christ for a promised redemption. That evening I heard the profound message that African Americans have a beautiful history. God designed our culture and history with a sovereign intent. Thus, we have a story to tell that everyone around the world not only knows, but also can relate to. We as a people have an influential platform in this world which could be used for the glory of God in winning souls for His kingdom! I haven’t looked back since the Lord lead me to becoming a missionary. It is only by His grace that I was there in the audience that evening to hear such a life changing message. I’m only 24 years old, and I never ever thought I would be spending my life this way. Eight months into the missionary field in South Africa, I am now being asked questions that point to my history, my culture, and ultimately to my Heavenly Father. I have the opportunity to point countless people to the King. It’s the best season of my life as I am seeking to lose it with the aim of gaining it. Thank you everyone for your love and continuous support! Praise Reports! 1. I will be working at Pamoja conference in West Africa in the Ivory Coast! There will be over 2,000 Christian college students attending this conference to attend seminars and becoming equipped to take Gospel back to their college campuses! I will be there from Dec 25th- Jan 5th! 2. New team mates will be joining our missions team beginning in January! Laureen from Nebraska and Jerrah from Indiana are getting closer and closer to their financial support goals. 3.Praise the Lord our team witnessed the Lord turn over the following statistics: 203 people exposed to the Gospel 35 people received Christ 103 were presented the Gospel 15 involved Impact Movement student bible study members at University of Western Cape Prayer Requests: 1. Tasneem: Could you please continuing to pray for Tasneem and the opportunity to watch the Jesus DVD at her home in her Muslim community? 2. My Health: It is very unfortunate that I have been diagnosed with having a chest infection. I dont know how I got so sick so quickly, but please pray God heals me and protects my health even during my stay in the Ivory Coast. Unlike South Africa is it a third world country. 3. My financial support: The financial crisis occurring in the US is directly effecting my financial support. Please join with me in prayer God will add new ministry partners to my team to financially support me for the duration of my short term missions in South Africa. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ October 2009: A Changed Heart A Changed Heart One afternoon while at Stellenbosch University I met a student who was siting and waiting just outside her next class. She told me had a moment to talk and that she had an hour before her next lecture began. So I introduced to her a small package of pictures called Soularium and asked if she was willing to take a survey for me for a few minutes. She enthusiastically agreed. . I cleared the table and laid all 50 pictures in front of her. The images were colorful picturesque of items such as a closed door, a small bird in the palm of a hand, rolling oceans, a majestic mountain, barbed wire, bottles of alcohol, a colorful pathway, a man in darkness reaching for a bright light buld, etc. I then asked her 3 questions: 1. Which 3 images represents your lift right now 2. Which 3 images do you WISH represented your life right now? 3. Which image represents GOD to you? 4. Which 3 images represents what you have experiened in your piritual journey thus far? 5. Which 3 images do you WISH were true in what you have experienced in your spiritual journey? . These 5 questions lead into a wonder conversation about God. She told me that she dont know who God is and that she wishes that she could believe. She said that it is so hard to believe that a God could be so loving but allows so much suffering to occur. She expressed that she feels pressure to be a Christian from her mother and just wishes she just knew the truth. . The Lord showed Himself faithful and I knew He was showing a divine opportunity for this young lady to hear the Gospel. I then reached for the Passage booklet and began to share with her 1. Gods loving plan for her life, 2. Man is sinful and is therefore separated from a Holy and Perfect God, 3. Jesus is God’s only provision for mans Sin and through Him we experience fellowship with God, 4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ to experience this love, plan and Eternal life. . While sharing this message, the Good News, known as the Gospel I could see her face begin to change. Her demeanor changed. Her face softened from confusion to clarity in understanding why Jesus died in her place. . Turning the page, I showed her a diagram in the booklet illustrating that there are 2 circles that represents 2 lifestyles. One circle represents a Self Directed Life and the other circle represents a Christ Directed Life. I asked which circle represented her life and she choose the left circle representing the Self Directed Life. I then asked which circle she wished represented her life, and she chose the Christ Directed Life. . I read her to a small prayer that she could pray to receive Christ and she told me that this prayer did represent her heart’s desire. Just after reading the prayer, we were approached by someone she knew. She looked at her watch and gathered all her books. It was time for her next lecture. Instead of praying right there, she looked at me and asked if she could keep the booklet because she wanted to read over the prayer again in her dorm. So I gave her the book and thanked her for her time in to take the survey. She walked slowly into her lecture and just when I was gathering all of my things to leave, I heard a voice behind me. . “Hey!” she exclaimed, unsurely pacing out of her lecture stopping half way in between her class and me. I looked up, “Oh hey,” I responded. “Umm, I dont really know what to say, but um thank you…um yea.. thats all I wanted to say. Thanks a lot, okay.” She walked up to me and we hugged then she turned around and went back into her lecture. I could hear the professor’s voice beginning to teach…. . I am forever impacted by that experience. I may never know if she ever prayed that prayer. Only the Lord knows if I may ever see that student again, but I do pray that she prayed to receive Christ into her heart. Once we receive Christ into our hearts he promises that he will never leave nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) . When we hear God speaking to us to turn our life to Him, listen to his quiet and still voice…for He is whispering, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20) Jesus is waiting at the door of the hearts of mankind. Open the door of your heart and let him in if you havent already. He will come in to dine with you and give you an abundant life as promised. Praise Reports: 1. I found a church home as of 2 weeks ago! I praise the Lord that He lead me to get plugged into a wonderful church here in South Africa. The Word is rich there and I have been richly growing! Prayer Requests: 1. Would you be willing to join me in prayer for a student conference being held here on the continent of Africa? The conference is called Pamoja where college students all across the continent of Africa attend every year to hear the Word of God, challenged to grow in their relationship with God, and equipped as students to share the Gospel on their college campuses all across Africa. The conference is Dec 27-Jan 3 of this year. Amen! 2. Pray for this student who heard the Gospel that she God will continue to speak to her and that she will give her life to God. Her name is Meryl :-) Amen! Thank you so much for your prayers! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ September 2009: Laborers Are Being Added!“Sometimes I just wish I knew how to evangelize to the students here on campus. They need to know who Jesus is…” says Robyn a second year student at the University of Western Cape (UWC). I personally met Robyn 2 weeks ago and she has such a heart in sharing who Jesus Christ is with her peers at UWC. She has been attending the Impact Movement’s Bible study faithfully since someone invited her to attend several weeks ago. . Our conversation which began as small talk later concluded to her deciding to join the Impact Movement Student Leadership Team at UWC. We now meet weekly and I train her how to initiate and communicate the Gospel. Just a few days ago she shared with me that she shared the gospel with 2 people and they both received Christ! Its been amazing to be able to meet students and equip them so that they may reach others. How sovereign is the Lord to bring a student with such a desire to meet our Team who purposely seeks students who want to be equipped in the “how to’s” of evangelism and reaching the lost! .
- The current Impact Student Leadership Team. (From left) Robyn, Grayson, Astrid, Igshaan, and Bianca from the University of Western
“Leon, Leon, Leon! Someone just accepted Christ!” exclaims Igshaan a second year student at UWC. Leon my teammate met this student who is now a follower of Christ having turned from his Muslim belief years ago. Leon has been discipling Igshaan for a few weeks in training Igshaan how to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Last week was his first time sharing the Gospel on campus with 2 students and both students dedicated their lives to Christ! Praise the Lord! . Everyone, the Lord is doing miraculous things on this college campus. Please keep this campus in prayer so that every student will have an opportunity to hear the love message and good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord is answering our prayers in adding 2 more students, Igshaan and Robyn, to the Impact Movement Student Leadership Team. Please join our team in prayer that more students will join this leadership team of laborers for the Lord so that we can equip and train them to evangelize to their campus. This is one way the Lord will provide this campus to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Praise Reports:Thank you so much for your prayers, I wish I had words to express the faithfulness of our Lord. 1.) I GOT A CAR!: The Lord blessed me with a car so that I may be able to travel to and from the college campuses safely! The Lord placed me in the midst of a conversation occurring in His perfect timing. I was visiting a family when the husband came home talking about a car he’s had for several weeks.
- My car, her name is Missy!
This was a complete blessing from the Lord! This car was sold to me from an elderly woman who is unable to drive anymore. She asked a lovely Christian couple that I know to sell it for her. The Lord placed me right under this couple’s conversation just when the husband was looking for someone to sell it to. The husband, Mr. Bailey completely bypassed 3 other potential buyers and sold it to me! . “I know that you are a missionary, Tammi and you need a very reliable car traveling alone,” Mr. Bailey told me. “This car only had one owner and it was always serviced on time, and I have peace selling it to you.” If there is anyone who doubts the provision of the Lord Jesus Christ please take this story as encouragement. God will give you divine favor and will undeniably place you exactly where you need to be. He sees your need and promises to provide acordingly. You dont have to be anxious, or try work in wining the favor of a person to be kind towards you. Just believe, God is faithfully working for your good. . Prayer Requests: Every prayer request that I have posted since April is being anwered by the Lord. I know that you are praying for me and I am so, so, so grateful that you take the time to pray for me. Would you be willing to please join me in the following prayer requests for this month of September? 1.) Future Teammates: Please pray for 2 Americans and 1 South African who will be joining my team in January. They are raising financial support to come be missionaries with Impact in South Africa. Their names are Laureen, Jarrah, and Elrie (pronounced El-ree). Thank you so much and God bless you all!! JULY/AUGUST 2009 Finally in Cape Town!
Hello Beloved Ministry Partners and Family and Friends! In beginning this month’s Newsletter I would like to begin with a tremendous praise report unto the Lord. I am so grateful for your prayers and I believe we bombarded the gates of heaven in one voice in asking for my VISA to be processed. As a result of all of our prayers I have received my Visa to stay in South Africa until Dec 2010. Praise the Lord and thank you so much! My second praise report is that Leon and Melanie Best have arrived here from the United States! They arrived here safely with their 3 children on June 25thand are now settling in.
With their arrival, The Impact Movement 2009 missions team is complete and we have begun ministry here in South Africa together. My third praise report is that I have arrived in my assigned city- Cape Town! After 12 months of raising financial support, thousands of phone calls, 33 hours of flight time, and 11 attempts of obtaining my visa- I am here in Cape Town!!Impact Summer Missions Team 2009 The first milestone in our ministry is the Impact Summer Missions Team 2009.
Every summer, the Impact Movement sends a summer missions team to South Africa. This year 19 college students from all over the United States chose to spend 5 weeks here to share the Good News of the Gospel in communities and college campuses of South Africa. During the month of July I served alongside this Summer Missions Team. The Lord allowed us to serve in such varied venues of ministry in the following ways: Singing praise songs to more than 200 preschool children:
Playing games with children at local orphanages:
Evangelizing in underprivileged townships with IsiXhosa translaters Sharing Christ at the University of Western Cape and Stellenbosch University college students!
Giving a devotional at a local teen center:
Statistics:At the end of our 5 weeks of evangelizing in the townships, streets, and college campuses:115 people gave their lives to Christ!302 people were exposed to the clear message of the Gospel!17 people prayed to live a life full of the Holy Spirit Praise the Lord for a Harvest so plentiful! Together this is our story and thank you for being a part by supporting both financially and prayerfully to share the Gospel, Amen! Campus Ministry Begins: The Impact Movement campus ministry is located at the University of Western Cape. I have witnessed dozens of college students give their lives to Christ these past couple of weeks on this campus. It has truly been an amazing time to see college students thirst for the Lord! Our ministry seeks to develop student-lead small group campus bible studies. As a Campus Coach, I disciple college students and coach them in leading their small group bible studies. At the University of Western Cape (UWC), there is a weekly Impact Movement bible study occurring every Monday at 1pm. Over 40 college students attend this bible study to learn about God’s word. Currently there are 3 student leaders over the bible study and I coach them in how to initiate in sharing the gospel, equip them to train their peers in how to share the gospel, and to coordinate outreaches to reach their peers and campus for Christ.
It has been such a blessing going to campus every day to share Jesus with college students. I cannot even begin to convey how excited I am to witness students who are unchurched to genuinely fall in love with Jesus. I am overflowing with an abundance of stories from students telling me how after they made the decision to invite Jesus into their heart how much their life changed since that decision. They are so excited about Jesus and are constantly inviting others to attend bible study so that their friends can experience how Jesus too can fill their life. Currently we are praying that this spiritual movement will occur at Stellenbosch University- another South African University. At the moment, there are no small group bible studies on this campus. My team and myself are praying that God will open the door for us to begin a campus ministry there. We are praying that God will raise up student leaders who capture the Impact Movement’s vision and who have a heart for evangelism and reaching their campus for Christ. My week consists of being on campus 4 out of 5 days a week. While on campus I coach the UWC student leadership team, disciple the women student leaders, and evangelize to students at the University of Western Cape. I meet one-on-one with the student leaders and spend time with them in the bible. The Lord utilizes our campus time to pour into and equip South African college students in reaching the lost on their campus, equiping them through the word of God through small group bible study, and to then later send them out share the gospel to win others for Christ! Students lives are being changed. I met a student who shared with me that right before she heard of the Impact Movement that she was praying for a Christian community on campus. She shared with me how she was ready to end her life many times. She felt she had to “do good” in order for God to be pleased with her in her effort to “earn” the right to go to heaven. Frustrated with herself, she fell into depression. Now the Lord has allowed us to cross paths so that we can together study in a small group bible study significant lessons such as Assurance of Salvation teaching how Christians go to heaven because of God’s goodness and grace- not by our own effort. Here are other small group bible study lessons: Dealing with Sin and Receiving God’s Forgiveness, Understanding the Holy Spirit and its role in Our Lives, Living the Life, Sharing Your Faith With Others, and Growing in the Truth. I count it a privilege to be able to share in the lives of students as their life changes in growing closer and closer to Jesus Christ. Oh, If Only My Heart Could Speak: How I Love Being a Missionary My first month working as a missionary has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else, being anywhere else, nor living any other way. Every morning I awake, I am excited knowing that I will be sharing Jesus Christ with someone later that day. At the end of my day, I am full of personal accounts of people’s lives changing. I am overwhelmed from witnessing the unfailing love of God flood into the lives of people who become forever changed to those who believe in Him and call unto His name. “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things” says the Lord. This is an abiding promise from God to anyone who believes that He exists that He will answer when called upon. My time thus far has been purely amazing witnessing Jesus become real in the lives of many. After witnessing what God has done this past month in both communities and on college campuses, there has been a change in my heart. In my heart, I feel like I am truly on Gods team in getting His Love Message out to His people. The entire bible is comprised of stories of how much God so loved the very people He created. This is the underlying message in the bible: God longs to fellowship with us so that we may experience His love, peace and joy for all eternity. However sin exists in our hearts. God who is Holy and perfect can’t dwell with us in this perfect fellowship because our sin separates us from Him. That is why God sent Jesus who had no sin to take our sins to die to bring us into perfect harmony with God. Jesus rose on the 3rd day to display His power by conquering death and and by resurrecting back to life. He is still alive today so we may call upon Him. Jesus alone provides the perfect path to God so that we may experience both a personal relationship with Him and eternal life with Him in heaven. This is God’s Love Message; but it requires an individual and personal response. You can ask Jesus to come into your heart and thank Him for dying on the cross for your sins. You can acknowledge that He is real and ask for forgiveness of sin so that through this prayer to Him you will experience fellowship now and eternal life with God in heaven forever. This is what I share with many daily- the unending love of God. I love sharing this news with everyone whom I meet. Who ever calls upon the name of Jesus shall be answered and saved. Those who thirst after Him shall be filled. Those who cry out to Him shall encounter an undeniable response. What a privilege it is to share such an unfailing message. This is why I love being a missionary. Prayer Requests:Our work has just begun! Would you be willing to join me in prayer for the following?Now that the Summer Missions Team has departed back to the United States, Leon, Melanie,and myself have much work to do!
~ University of Western Cape (UWC): Dozens of college students gave their lives to Christ at this college campus. There were more than 200 responses from students that want to attend an Impact Movement Bible Study. Please pray that Leon, Melanie,and myself can effectively train the existing leadership team of students to contact those new followers of Christ to get them plugged into the bible study.
~ Stellenbosch University: More than 80 students expressed they would like to get involved with a small group bible study. Almost 2 dozen gave their lives to Jesus here. There is no established bible study on this campus with the Impact Movement. Please pray that God opens doors so that we can become an official registered campus organization so that we can establish small group bible studies and pour into the new believers.
~Searching for Housing and Transportation: Currently I am looking for a very small studio apartment to move into. Please pray that God continues to open doors of favor for me in my search for a safe and affordable place to live close to my teammates. Also please pray for God’s favor in my search for a reliable vehicle so that I may get to work everyday on campus. Public transportation is not very suitable for a single woman to use here. I am trusting in the Lord to provide a way!
Thank you so much! I will let you know how the Lord has answered these prayers! God bless you! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MAY 2009 Here is a sweet little nugget to sum up of the Month of May. It includes my highlights of ministry! Visit to Durban: Ministry Development Hello beloved friends and family. I have been here in Africa for one month learning Ministry Development. God is teaching and showing me so much about being in ministry and is preparing me for campus ministry in Cape Town. Thank you so much for your support! Thus far my Ministry Development time here in Pretoria has been an invaluable experience. My week consists of commuting with my 3 missionary roommates 5 days a week to the University of Pretoria and to the University of Johannesburg. While on campus we share our faith together with students inviting them to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Bible studies are being cultivated at the University of Johannesburg and are student led. There are also weekly large group meetings where students come to hear the word of God taught by guest speakers invited by Campus Crusade for Christ. Undoubtedly it has been insightful to have a peek into what God will be leading me to initiate when I arrive at the University of Western Cape. I fly into Cape Town on June 25thas the rest of my Impact team arrives there from America to begin ministry! In addition to that, I also was blessed to have the Impact Movement allow me to visit another missions team located in Durban, South Africa. This was the highlight of my learning experience thus far in campus ministry. Did you know that there is a huge Indian population here in South Africa? Well, in Durban, this missions team outreaches to many of these Hindu and Muslim college students. During the week, it was so amazing to witness this team plan creative outreaches in efforts to reach students for Christ. Here are pictures of one successful event the missions team planned in reaching more than 60 South Africa college students:
Student Leaders I’ve met!:
Their campus ministry in Durban is extensively growing with dozens and dozens desiring to know how to have a personal relationship with Jesus! The Platform to Share the Gospel in South Africa! As I interact with the people here in South Africa, I am constantly asked, “Where are you from?” People instantly recognize my different accent and inquire where I am from. When I tell people I am from America I receive instant smiles, warm hand shakes and lots of hugs! After one bible study meeting, I was drinking a cup of coffee and making conversation trying to get to know the university students. A student in our circle of conversation asked where I was from. Once I told her, she instantly gasped and closed her hand over her mouth. Throwing out her hand for me to shake she blurted, “My friend told me there were Americans at this bible study!” I was so taken back, I gave her a hug and she exclaimed, “I’m so happy, I finally met one! I finally met one!” In addition to this story, people in the community always ask why I am here. It’s a good opportunity to share that I am here involved in campus ministry and my heart in sharing Christ with others. Being an American here in South Africa definitely serves as a platform in sharing the Gospel. It is amazing how God chooses and uses every detail of us to become involved in the story of salvation in others lives. God is awesome! Prayer Requests:Would you be willing to join me in prayer in the following requests: ~CAPE TOWN: The day has finally come! I am scheduled to arrive in Cape Town on June 25th, please pray for my safe flight and arrival ~BEST FAMILY: The rest of my missions team are flying into Cape Town from America on June 25th as well. Please pray for Melanie and Leon Best, a married couple with 3 children will be coming to South Africa as my team members. This couple has been missionaries with the Impact Movement for many years. Pray for safe travels, grace in settling in and transitioning here in SA. ~ VISA PICKUP: I have experienced great difficulty in receiving my Visa. Please pray there are no hindrances in processing my Visa application. This Friday I will go the Home Affairs office in faith to pick up my VISA so that I can reside here in SA until 2010. Thank you so much. Thank you for your emails of how I could be praying for you as well. You have been in my prayers! the next time you hear from me I will be in beautiful Cape Town! In His Love, ~Tammi